The phytonutrient resveratrol is commonly found in the skin of red grapes, red juice, peanuts, and berries. Resveratrol is thought to be a life-extending natural compound since it helps combat aging while also improving longevity. If the research done on mice and lab rats is to be considered, then resveratrol can help protect against obesity, diabetes, cancer, inflammation, and spiking blood sugar levels.
Resveratrol on animal studies
Despite the effects of resveratrol on rodents, one should always remember that animals have a very different physiology than humans. Fortunately, there’s a study testifying to the effectiveness of resveratrol on the metabolism of primates.
Fabienne Aujard of the Center National de la Recherche Scientifique Paris, France together with his team of scientists documented the effects of resveratrol supplements on weight, energy intake, and metabolism of mouse lemurs. Mouse lemurs are mouse-sized primates, meaning they have a physiological resemblance to humans.
Resveratrol on primates
According to Aujard’s four-week study, there was a significant reduction in the body mass gain of lemurs as well as a reduction in their food intake. Resveratrol supplements also changed the body temperature in the lemurs. According to the researchers, the weight loss in lemurs was due to the increased feeling of fullness or satiety and the improved resting metabolic rate. Therefore, even if the lemurs were at rest, their bodies were able to expend more energy.
Aujard’s findings say that “lemurs eating a diet supplemented with the compound (resveratrol) decreased their energy intake by 13 percent and increased their resting metabolic rate by 29 percent.” The study gives breakthrough information on how resveratrol can affect metabolism and body mass in primates.
To this date, more research is being done to determine the physiological benefits resveratrol has to offer, but the latest so far is that it can help reduce obesity.